Rules

Tournament Entry

Entry Fee is $1,500 per boat through January 1, 2020. After January, there will be a $250 late fee per boat.All tournament entries are non-transferable and non-refundable. If your vessel is unable to compete in the event after submitting payment, your entry will be rolled over to the following year for full credit. Payment of the entry fee constitutes a representation by each entrant that he/she has read and fully understands the tournament rules that he/she will abide by such rules and the decisions of the Tournament Director and/or Committee. The Louisiana Tuna & Wahoo Classic is a sportfishing tournament where participants agree to fish in a fair and ethical manner. While the tournament does not strictly enforce the use of IGFA rules, it certainly expects that only minor technical differences will be employed by anglers.The full page of State Saltwater Fishing Rules can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/saltwater-finfish.

Captains Meeting

The Captain’s Meeting will be held on Friday February 7, 2020 at 6:30pm at Venice Marina. The captain, owner or designated team representative must sign-in and be present at the captain’s meeting if you are departing from Venice. If you are departing from another port, you must have registration and optional bets placed by Friday February 7, 2020 at midnight.Rules are Subject to Change. Any changes to the rules and final instructions will be given at the meeting. All participants are invited to attend the Kick-off Party following the meeting at 7:00pm.

Permits and Licenses

 

An Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling Permit is required and participants must be familiar with and follow HMS regulations.  http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/guides/documents/hms_rec_compliance_guide.pdf Anglers must obtain a Louisiana Saltwater Fishing License which can be purchased locally or online. http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/recreational-fishing-licenses.

 

Tournament Start, Fishing & Scale Hours

 

Each boat will be eligible to fish a maximum of 4 days, from Saturday February 8 – Saturday March 14, 2020. The days must be consecutive, either 4 in a row or 2 and 2. The Captain must declare their fishing days and team members no later than 9:00 pm the day before by notifying the tournament committee, via email or text. You may email rfcarter4@gmail.com or text 337-849-8642 to declare your fishing days and team members.You may be an angler on only one vessel during the tournament. Teams are allowed to depart from any port in the Gulf of Mexico. You may begin fishing at 12:01am and must return to Venice Marina by 8:00 pm on your designated fishing day to weigh in. If there is is heavy traffic in the river or dense fog that is hindering your return, please notify a committee member once in cell range and photograph the GPS Time/Date/Location. Fish cannot be transferred to and from any vessel. Scales will be open from 8am-8pm each day.

 

Qualifying Fish 


The following species are eligible for competition when caught by registered anglers in accordance with tournament rules:

Eligible for Weigh-in at Scales

  • Yellowfin Tuna – 20 lbs minimum weight
  • Blackfin Tuna – 10 lbs minimum weight
  • Wahoo – 20 lbs. minimum weight
  • Swordfish – 47” LJFL
  • King Mackerel – 20 lbs. minimum weight

For each declared day the scales are open, each boat will be allowed to bring to the scales a maximum of 3 yellowfin  tuna, 3 blackfin tuna, 3 wahoo, 3 king mackerel and 1 swordfish. No electric reels permitted for trolling any hooked bait or lure. Electric reels may be used for hookless teasers. Wire Lines are allowed. The tournament committee reserves the right to reject any fish entry because of poor condition or one that does not meet the eligible requirements set by this tournament.  No mutilated fish will be weighed. The condition of the fish will be left to the scrutiny of the tournament director and committee. THEIR DECISION IS FINAL.

 

Weigh-in Procedures

 

IMPORTANT:  A tail tag with the boat name and registered angler’s name must be attached to each fish before unloading at the weigh scales.Tournament scales will be located at Venice Marina. Boats having fish to weigh must be at Venice Marina and checked in by 8:00pm on declared fishing day. Scales are open at 8am. Anglers must remain with their fish until completion of the weigh-in procedure.The angler must sign the weigh-in stat sheet to verify the weight, at which time will make the weight official. All fish weighed at the scales must be returned to the boat.

 

Tournament Awards

 

All Tournament Awards are based on 75 registered tournament boats. Payouts are subject to change depending on the number of entries.

Awards for Heaviest Fish will be presented to the team for fish caught in the following categories:

 

Optional Awards

This is a separate entry and is not required to compete for Tournament Awards. Participants may pay an Optional Entry fee in one or more of the following:

 **Aggregate is defined as the combined weight of your 2 heaviest fish overall.

Payout amounts will be the total amount of the monies received, less 10% deducted for administration fees with the remaining 90% to be awarded.

Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna Aggregate, Wahoo, Wahoo Aggregate, Swordfish, King Mackerel and Blackfin Tuna will pay 1st, 2nd, and 3rd with a 50%, 30%, 20% split. In the event of limited participation in any category listed above, the payouts will be modified as follows: One team entered will be refunded in full, two teams will be a 60%, 40% split, and three or more teams will be the standard split.  Participants who wish to pay an Optional Betting Fee prior to January 1, may submit a credit card, cashier’s or business check made payable to the Louisiana Tuna & Wahoo Classic.Participants who wish to pay an Optional Entry Fee after January 1 must pay by cash, credit card or cashier’s check during registration hours on Friday at 5:00-MIDNIGHT of tournament week or make payment arrangements with the Tournament Director. Optional Awards for Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Swordfish, King Mackerel and Blackfin Tuna are determined by weight according to Tournament Rules.In the event that no qualifying fish are weighed by an Optional Entry participant in a given Division eligible for an Optional Award, 90% percent of the Optional Entry Fees collected for that division are returned to the participant(s) who paid Optional Entry Fees for that division.

 

Payment for Cash Awards 


Prior to fishing, each tournament boat must designate a representative payee to receive payment of all cash awards.  Payment of cash awards is by check. A single check will be written to the boat’s representative payee for the combined total of tournament cash awards and optional cash awards. Checks will be written after the Awards Ceremony on Sunday.Louisiana Tuna & Wahoo Classic accepts no responsibility for the division of any cash awards between team members.

 

 

Delays: Mechanical / Weather

 

You may un-declare a fishing day by 8:00 am via cell phone or email of the declared first fishing day one time for mechanical failure if a line has not been deployed. If you are un-declaring you must take a photo of the GPS Time/Date/Location. You may un-declare multiple times due to weather before leaving the port, but you must also take a photo of the GPS Time/Date/Location. When fishing 2 consecutive days, you may not un-declare on your 2nd day. When fishing 4 consecutive days, you may not un-declare your 4th day. You may substitute a boat once if the substitute boat is not registered in the tournament. Entrants shall have no claim against Louisiana Tuna & Wahoo Classic for return of paid entry fees. All teams and participants should make their decision to fish based solely on their own judgement. Fish at your own risk. 

 Tie Breakers

For fish weighed in, any category of fish brought to the scales, placement is determined by the order of weigh-in at the scales. The recorded time of weigh-in determines placement.

 

Protest


Any protests relating to the tournament must be submitted in writing along with a $500 deposit by the team captain to the tournament committee no later than 15 minutes after the last fish is weighed on the final day of the tournament. All entrants agree to abide by tournament rules and regulations. All disputes are decided by the Tournament Director and Committee.Their decision is final. Poor sportsmanship will be grounds for disqualification from the Louisiana Tuna & Wahoo Classic. Any violation of these rules resulting in disqualification will result in forfeiture of entry fee and prize money.

 

Waiver/Disclaimer


It is understood that all participants in the Louisiana Tuna & Wahoo Classic enter at their own risk, and that the officers, committee members, sponsors, directors, tournament venue and all persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of said tournament, shall be exempt from any liability for libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury or death suffered by any participant, entrant, anglers, his/her companions, boat captains, mates, crew members, vessels and equipment which may occur during or in conjunction with the tournament.  By tournament entry, the captain consents that the Louisiana Tuna & Wahoo Classic may use without payment or restriction, any photographs in which he/she or any of their crew may appear for any purpose whatsoever; including, but not limited to resale, advertising, commercial or promotional material. The captain and his crew further release the Louisiana Tuna & Wahoo Classic, officers and directors, and all persons from injury, loss or damage which may result. All state record winners must submit to and pass in a conclusive manner, a polygraph examination administered by a licensed polygraphist provided by tournament officials.  All entrants agree to submit to a polygraph examination at the request of the tournament committee if there is a conflict involving said entrant. Failure to submit to such an examination will result in disqualification of the entrant at the sole discretion of the tournament committee.

ALL DECISIONS OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND COMMITTEE WILL BE FINAL.